Canada cannabis: Nation legalises recreational marijuana use

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The Senate approved Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) on Tuesday, clearing the last major hurdle before becoming law.

His government introduced legislation a year ago in a bid to make Canada the second country in the world to legalise cannabis, after Uruguay.

Canada has become the second country in the world to legalise recreational marijuana but locals will have to wait at least a couple of months before they can legally buy it.

Travelers should note that It is illegal, and will remain illegal once the Cannabis Act has come into force, for travellers to take cannabis out of Canada or to bring it back from other countries.

The new law will not amend Canada's existing medical cannabis access regulations, which permit registered patients to grow or purchase cannabis from authorized licensed producers.

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Under the law, adults 18 and up will be allowed to possess up to ounce of weed for recreational use, and grow a maximum of four plants.

Meantime, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who was also on hand for today's news conference, stopped short of announcing the date when the new law would go into effect.

"Thanks to the hard work of both Chambers of Parliament, the Cannabis Task Force, along with input from all Canadians, we have passed historic legislation that will legalize and strictly regulate the sale of cannabis in our country".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gestures during a roundtable discussion with members of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Trudeau made the legalization of marijuana a major campaign promise, and he contends that the status quo enables youth to acquire marijuana too easily and encourages criminal activity. "We applaud Canada for showing federal legislators in the United States what can be accomplished with true leadership and dedication to sound public policy", he said.

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It is expected to give the provinces and territories, as well as municipalities, eight to 12 weeks to set up the new marijuana marketplace.

"Marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol, and Canada is about to start treating it that way".

In the neighboring U.S., nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana. Uruguay previously legalized marijuana in 2013.

"And therefore we do not want to encourage in any way people to engage in that behaviour until the law is changed".

Conservative senators, however, were not as joyous at the passage of the bill and the implications for Big Pot. It builds in a requirement for fundraisers to be advertised publicly in advance if they cost $200 or more per ticket and feature the prime minister, cabinet ministers, party leaders, or party leadership candidates.

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